We use cookies on whatcar.com to improve your browsing experience and to provide you with relevant content and advertising, by continuing to use our site you agree to this. Please see our privacy policy for more details. Continue

Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

Own or drive this car?

Submit your own review here
14 reader reviews for Rover 45 Hatchback.
  • 2.0 TD Club SE 5dr

    Christine Gertch , East Yorkshire . Date: 26/01/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    DO NOT be put off by " What Car" have to say about Rover 45 Diesels ! This car is a joy to drive its fast and corners very well. I get 650 miles out of a tank full of Diesel.It has lots of spec!s also a large boot which takes a wheelchair with ease. It is excellant value for money, and the reliabity is there.I would definately buy another.

  • 2.0 TD Impression S 5dr

    Holly Hodges , Northants . Date: 09/09/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I love this car - it's my first car and has made me feel safe and confident with driving. It isn't immensely powerful, but has plenty of go to get you out of most situations. The interior is comfortable, and the 'old-fashioned' decor doesn't bother me, it's not ugly or impractical! As a student this car has been cheap to run, and has had no major problems (touch-wood). I would recommend the Rover 45 as a reliable, comfortable, easy-going car for people who want a vehicle to get them from A-B safely and without hassle or the need to show off. Those who have one, like it, and those who criticise it should give it a chance.

  • 2.0 TD iE 5dr

    Andrew McRobbie , Stirlingshire . Date: 17/04/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought my Rover 45 IE 2.0 Turbodiesel in 2001. I still have it. I find the car very comfortable on long runs. Now that I've got used to driving a diesel, I much prefer it to a petrol vehicle. Fuel consumption has not been less than 52MPG and that includes commuting to and from work. From a standing start the car is slow but once you are moving, overtaking is excellent. The turbo band is quite narrow though. Handling is great in a straight line but I wouldn't recommend chucking it about. The hatchback is very useful. Transferring offspring plus the kitchen sink to and from UNI, it's amazing what the car will hold. Three strange things though. I've never found the cupholders and while the rear seat is split 1/3 2/3, the rear squab isn't, making the split pretty useless. Apparently to get a full size tyre, the spare wheel well had to be changed. What a load of bull! Fit the full size tyre and remove the sponges attached to the hardboard cover and it fits fine. Servicing costs are perfectly acceptable. The known things have given problems, the SRS light kept coming on so a switch had to be replaced. I've just had the cam belt done (recommended after 7 years) and the equivalent of the ball joints replaced for its MOT. The car is running as sweet as it ever did. I'd probably buy another if they still made them. In conclusion, just don't believe everything you read in the motoring press. I'm convinced that one writes an article and this is used as the basis for all other reviews.

  • 1.8 iXS 16v 5dr

    Charles Belsey , Fife . Date: 27/01/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I don't understand why there is such a negative press surrounding this car. I am currently on my second Rover 45 and find them to be extremely reliable and comfortable to drive. Both models I have owned have been the 1.8iXS variants, my first being a 2000 model and this being a 2003.

    The fuel consumption is excellent, even on motorways. The peppy 1.8 litre K-series engine has excellent pick-up and makes motorway driving a breeze. The seat frames are straight from the excellent 75, so they are very comfortable, with the only downside being that rear legroom is somewhat restricted. The materials used in the interior are of far better quality than some other mainstream models I have driven.

    In terms of reliablility, the only things that have needed replaced are the wear-and-tear items that everyone has to replace at some point on any car. Servicing costs are on a par with any other mainstream model and the so-called 'parts drought' has never materialised, as I've had no problem in getting parts for my car.

    I would most definitely have another Rover 45 or MG ZS, even though they are going to become rarer in the coming years.

Rover 45 Hatchback

Continue to prices, equipment and options »

What Car? buying help and car info

Order a brochure, find your nearest dealer or book a test drive

Haymarket Logo What Car? is brought to you by Haymarket Consumer Media
What Car? is part of Haymarket Motoring
© Haymarket Media Group 2014